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>> the growing cost of refugee crisis. 50 people die trying to make the desperate journey across the mediterranean. and on the hungarian border refugees plead for help as the country considers sending the military to the frontier. hello there, you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program. south sudan's president reluctantly signs a peace agreement staving off the threat of u.n. sanctions.
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they tell al jazeera that they welcome the deal. >> we hope that nobody again creates war in south sudan. >> two television journalists in the state of ramad virginia are shot dead on air. >> they believe there, thank you for joining us. another 50 people are known to have died trying to make it across the medicine mediterranean. they were discovered in the hold of a boat off the libyan coast. a swedish ship was sent to rescue survivors. this comes as the numbers crossing continue to grow. italy's coast guard said that just under 1,900 people have been rescued so far today. hundreds more are still on board other very wells off libya.
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well, hungary is considering sending troops to its border after fighting broke out. it's thought that tensions peaked after some refugees refused to be fingerprinted. in germany, far right protesters jeered at chancellor merkel. thousands are arriving in macedonia every day. there are so many people there now that the macedonia army has been building a bigger holding camp. andrew simmons reports now in hungary. >> unrest of the european union border. the trouble did not escalate beyond this registration center, and it was short lived. but with record numbers crossing into hungary there are fears of violence here. the police are trying to play down the crisis. >> what happened was there was a
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small conflict that erepresented and several people tried to approach the fence. the policemen tried to stop them, and they also used tear gas for the injuries. >> the fence is being put up on the border. but right now thousands of people are getting through section where is there was only razor wire. the police here are failing to make arrests. more than 2,000 police are sent to this border to reinforce it. and next week the government will vote on bringing the army here. back at the serbian captain their record numbers. refugees say they've been treated better in serbia than in greece and macedonia, but they're worried about getting into hungary. some of belgrade's parts have become the last transit points before the e.u. border. most of the refugees are syrian.
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this woman ran from horrendous violence in aleppo. now she's holding off heading into hungary because she's scared. >> we're worried about it, not in turkey, greece, but in hundred go ray, why they do that, i cannot understand. >> on thursday they'll discuss the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war on the ground the situation is worsening. andrew simmons, al jazeera, on the hungary-serban border. >> meanwhile another 2,000 refugees has just arrived in athens. known gentleman hull sent this update from the greek island of lesbos. >> i'm standing in one of two makeshift refugee camps on the island of lesbos, about five kilometers perhaps from the turkish coast. the numbers are staggering,
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33,000 people have landed in lesbos this month alone. that's over a thousand new arrivals every single day. as the conditions they're living in, pretty basic. sanitation it poor. the sun beating down on them every day. ngos and voluntary groups doing what they can, but they're doing it with absolutely no help from central government in athens, or from the e.u. authorities in brussels. people that i've spoken to in this camp express surprise, disappointment and bemusement at these conditions that they find. they've come for the safety and security that they expected in europe. one man said that he thought that they were going to be put up in hotels here in greece. that perhaps is a story put
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about by people smugglers trying to encourage this journey in the first place. >> south sudan's president has finally signed the peace deal ending the 20-month civil war. he refused to do so last week but had come under pressure from the u.n. with sanctions if the deal was not signed by thursday. >> when the fighting started in december 2013, people fled to the safety of u.n. bases in several towns. now 20 months late more than 200,000 people are still living under the protection of the u.n. what began as a fight killed thousands. it spread were town to town destroying the neighborhoods and
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leaving tens of thousands of dead in its wake. the conflict soon took ethnic die mention when a tribe pitted against the dinka, the tried of the president. everyone in the area has a hardened story to tell. this woman was forced to run. >> sometimes my heart believes he's still alive, but sometimes i get depressed and think negative thoughts. but people told me other people have faced a worse fate than you so i stopped thinking about it and i left it up to god. >> when the conflict began the army split into two factions with the form vice president announcing he was in command of the rebels. for the last 20 months war in south sudan has dragged on with even those who said they didn't support either side were not spared the violence and found themselves attacked in the
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streets. >> they cut me with a type of machete. i fell down. after two or three hours i found myself in the hospital. >> last week, muchar signed an peace agreement, and it has been on the president to do the same. the international community is optimistic that the signing of this deal means the end of this war. but peep here in juba are not so confident. that's mainly because the top level commanders have split from muchara said that this agreement means nothing. >> a new agreement in a power sharing agreement with muchar, whose dismissal back in 2013 led to the civil war. he has been speaking exclusively to al jazeera's charles
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stratford. >> how realistic after so much blood has been submit. how realistic is it to expect real true reconciliation between two peoples after so much violence? >> well, i think south sudan deserves peace. the people themselves, they deserve peace. and there were reasons for the war. i believe this peace agreement has addressed these reasons. if you take it chapter by chapter, the assistance by governance is addressed. we hope to move to the furtherance system. and they shall be instituting
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the army, the security, police, and also this impunity which has gone on for long. i think it has been addressed. and we hope nobody again creates war in south sudan. >> both sides. have been accused of committing gross human rights violations, atrocities. can you guarantee transparency? can you guarantee cooperation and accountability in investigating these claims and bringing those responsible to justice? >> well, asking the a.u. to make public the a.u. report, the commissions report this is
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because we're committed to combating impunity in the country, and up to now this report has not yet been made public, and we're calling for the report to be made public where the a.u. peace and security, this under lies our commitment assuring anyone who has committed atrocities will be brought in. >> now american tv journalists and camero and cameraman has been shot. let's go live to washington, d.c. tom, this was incredibly
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shocking for people in the newsroom, but also for people who are watching at home because they were effectively killed on air. >> not only were they killed on air, but the shooter posted videos showing the shooting not just the scene that really was caught partly because the photographer's camera fell to the ground, but also the aftermath and gruesome aftermath it was. the shooter was identified as a former colleague, as you said, who had been fired several years ago, and in his tweets he blamed the photographer for helping him lose his job. here's what the county she have, the franklin county sheriff said just less than an hour ago. >> a news crew was conducting a live interview at the plaza with ms. gardner when vestor lee
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flanagan ii of roanoke approached him and started shooting. alison parker, aged 24, and adam ward, age 27, died at the scene. both parker and ward were residents of roanoke, virginia. let us not forget that they grew up in this area. they were part of our community. we don't want to forget that. >> back to tom ackerman, who is live for us in washington, d.c. tom, the editor of this tv channel where alison parker and adam ward worked, tell us what he said and what their colleagues said. >> well, the manager of the station said that he had--the man flanagan had altercations
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with other employees. he didn't mention that at the time on the air, but he spoke to reporters afterwards and said that because he was able to get on with other people in the station he was let go. in addition to that, flanagan according to "abc news," they received a fax from flanagan afterwards a long rambling document in which he accused people of racism for losing his job, and also said that he was acting in revenge for the recent shooting of nine black church goers. charleston, south carolina. obviously the relationship with the connection between that shooting and what happened today is--it was really apparently just in the mind of the shooter. but that at least was the motive that he ascribed in his faxs to abc. >> tom ackerman live from washington, d.c.
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thank you. still more to come on al jazeera. including saudi arabia puts boots on the ground in yemen, but promises the incursion is only temporary. and accusations that the u.s. is creating a sunni force that is dividing iraq.
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>> time now for a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. the bodies of 50 people attempting to cross the mediterranean have been found in the hull of a boat off the libyan coast. south sudan's president has reluctantly signed a peace deal
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to end the 20-month civil war after the u.n. threatened sanctions. and an american tv journalist and cameraman has been shot dead during a live broadcast in the u.s. state of virginia. ground troops have crossed into yemen for the first time. they attacked houthi positions. >> these are the first saudi soldiers to move into yemen. they have taken over mountainous areas and overlooking the southern region. but the commanders say that it is just for a short period of time. in the meantime, artillery has been pounding houthi positions not stop for days. shia rebels insist that they still had the means to fight back. this is a houthi commander storming an on the border with
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yemen. the soldiers seized the building after heavy clashes. we're seen hebrewing up military vehicles before leaving the area. moments later the warplane strikes. fighting has flared up across the country. houthi fighters backed by troops loyal to former loya president ali abdullah saleh, here they destroy vehicles that were recently provided by saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. yemen's warring factions have dismissed international efforts to agree on a cease-fire and start political talks. for the time being each part wants to win the war so it has the upper hand during negotiations.
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>> the head of the biggest shia militia involved in the fight against isil and iraq has accused the u.s. of creating a sunni force that is dividing iraq. [ gunfire ] >> u.s. military advisers in iraq have been training and equipping sunni tribesmen in unbar province as part of their strategy to defeat isil. hundreds of them are already on the front lines. the obama administration believes their role will be crucial to recapture the mainly sunni region. the program is backed by the iraqi government. but there are powerful voice who is are raising questions. a top commander of the mobilization forces that have largely replaced the iraqi army on the ground. >> if the americans are concerned by the sunnies, then
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they should not violate iraq sovereignty. america is creating a sunni force. this is not charity force. >> ameri has a strong presence in parliament. he does not hide his good relations with iran. sunni politicians fear that commanders like ameri are growing in strength at the expense of the state. for them the u.s. training program is a step in the right direction to create the so-called national guard. >> there has been a good start. the u.s. trained 7,000 sunnies in anbar but they still did not give them proper weapons. these men are under the control of the defense ministry, but we hope that one day parliament will approve the national guard project, and each province will have its own force for its people. >> the people of the anbar
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province has a long-held animosity with the shia military of baghdad. it seems that their efforts have been stopped from taking part against isil. ameri denies that he would stop the forces but said without them the battle cannot be won. >> the battle in ramadi is in its sixth week. if there was cooperation among the army, the police and sunni tribes, it would be easily won. >> today some describe ameri as one of the most powerful men in iraq. he has long dismissed the u.s. role in fighting iraq, but he has been criticizing an integral part of the u.s. strategy. >> the foreign ministers of venezuela and colombia are mee meeting to discuss a dispute at their border. venezuela has closed two border crossings and deported around 1,000 colombians. the attack on the venezuelan
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troops in which three were injured. it has been blamed on slalomman smugglers--blamed on colombian smugglers. just remind us what the latest is. >> like you said, the mass deportation of thousands of colombians created a huge sense of disbrief, also of indignation among colombian authorities. they called these deportations unacceptable and said it was a bitter reminder of the darkest episodes of human history. basically we see in the background both foreign ministers of venezuela and colombia are meeting as we speak hopefully to resolve what many
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think to be the biggest crisis between the two nations. at one of the border towns nichola nicolás maduro has declared a state of exception. the mood here is not one of expectation but also of great fear. >> i was going to ask you about the body. we've seen the escalating tensions. people must be worried that perhaps the foreign ministers are going to come to an agreement. >> yes, it's certainly in everybody's mind. there is a greater thing happening in other border towns, these towns are like most border towns, they're usually bustling with activity. you can see that the streets are more or less empty. the shops have closed their doors. this is happening basically for two primary reasons. one is because the border is closed, there is no trade or
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communication between both countries. but also because of the mass deportation. many colombians have lived in venezuela for decades, they have their homes and have their families here. now they're in hiding or they've decided to cross the river to colombian in fear of greater military retaliation or attacks. >> with the latest from venezuela, thank you. now heavy rains in southeast australia have forced hundreds of residents to abandon their homes. more than 3 how soon properties have been flooded into st. george's basin area of new south wales. there is forecast weather warnings of heavy rains. the state news agency said that there have been human casualty in north korea. in south korea, it said it is willing to discuss the lifting of sanctions on north korea.
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the offer comes a day after the offer was reached of de-escalation between the two countries. >> attempt to calm the market appear to have little effect with stocks falling for a fifth consecutive day. egypt's president is in moscow meeting with president putin. it is his third visit to moscow since he took office in 2014. thai authorities have destroyed
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two tons of illegal ivory worth $2.8 million. it included tusks of more than 200 african elephants. thailand is a major destination of smuggled ivory but it's under increasing pressure. concrete blast walls are proving to be the perfect blank canvas. jennifer glass explains why. >> on the barriers that is built to create security, across the street they're painting hearts as a symbol of healing the nation. it's all the work of artists, with a few hundred dollars of their own money for paint and supplies, they're working to change the kilometers of blast
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walls that make some feel under siege in their own city. >> when you put a picture on the wall, the wall disappears, and you're in a new space. >> he wants that new space to be about a new afghanistan. he and his fellow painters can help create. >> it's time for a, for the world to contribute something else other than what weapons and war. we've been through nearly six years. that is time to give art and artists a chance. >> he wants everyone to participate. when a policeman takes an interest he offers him a brush. he does the same for an old man passing by. >> that's the idea. he wants to introduce what he calls artistic literacy. this is the first of a new
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series called "heroes of my cities." these are street sweepers. others will be children and an old man on a bicycle. >> it has always been heroes with guns or with swords. we want to celebrate the people that we see every day working on the street. >> they hope that their work will be uplifting and help bring afghans together. >> because of the security situation, the city is in fear. we're trying to do something that will grab the attention of our people in a good way. >> those who take part say that it's therapeutic, the way to take part and share with fellow afghans. >> he's hoping that the project gets better. he's planning to invite international graffiti artists
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to come here. he plans to make this city the graffiti capital of the world. jennifer glasse, al jazeera, kabul. >> much more on our website. buddhist mobs tore through rohingya muslim communities in western burma, attacking anyone in their path. it sparked a wave of sectarian violence that spread to other parts of the country, with little hindrance from the authorities. now tens of thousand of rohingya, are housed in primitive camps under government armed guard, while others have tried to flee oversees to malaysia. but as jason motlagh reports, the refugees are being exploited and abused by people traffickers, while aid agencies and governments are failing to protect them.